The City of Penticton and Spectra Venue Management have installed innovative LED lighting to the South Okanagan Events Centre, Okanagan Hockey Academy Arena and Memorial Arena upgrading from metal halide bulbs to the higher quality, more efficient and interactive LED system.
Partnering with the City of Penticton on this energy-efficient project, the estimated annual savings are 517,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, reducing electrical costs by an estimated 75%.
“We are always looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and save money by decreasing our energy consumption,” says Wayne Pasengrau, Director of Operations at the South Okanagan Events Centre Complex. “This LED project will not only save electrical costs, but with zero heat-load from the lighting, we will see additional savings in the refrigeration of all three ice surfaces and air-conditioning within the facility.”
The LED lighting system, installed by Lumalex Canada, a Penticton-based company, will have no maintenance costs for ten years. Over those ten years electricity, refrigeration and air-conditioning savings will be upwards of one half million dollars.
Upgrading to LED lighting keeps the South Okanagan Events Centre Complex an industry leader in the Okanagan. The lighting now exceeds the standards set by the National Hockey League, which goes a long way to help attract new events and retain existing events, such as the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic. This September 11-14th the venue is hosting the six-game, four team rookie tournament for the fifth consecutive year in Penticton.
Patrons of all three ice surfaces will notice a difference when they walk into any of the three buildings with the enhanced lighting, both on and off the ice. Not only is the lighting change more efficient, it also delivers more vibrant and consistent lighting, improving the fan experience both in person and on broadcast television.
Spectra Venue Management is committed to reducing the overall carbon footprint of the South Okanagan Events Centre Complex. Waste within the facilities has been reduced by approximately 75 percent in the past year and a half, by working with Progressive Waste Solutions to implement recycling and food waste reduction programs.